Saturday, July 30, 2016

Foolproof Kale Chips


I made Kale Chips before but it turned out soggy and not as good as I expected to be. Months after, a friend came for a visit and she told me that she has been making kale chips often so I decided to gave Kale Chips another try this time following her direction.

The ingredients: kale from the backyard, rinse, let it dry 


Remove the stems


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Thai Cucumber Relish

 Thai Cucumber Relish
We call it  'Acar Timun' in Indonesia. I just learned that many people call this Thai Cucumber Relish. It serves as condiment to main dish or quick vegetable side dish that I often make whenever I ran out of time.

The ingredients:


Friday, June 10, 2016

Cheesecake Brownies

 Cheesecake Brownies Recipe
I was requested to bring snacks for Max's class. I usually made the Oatmeal Cookies but I thought I bake something different this time. Wes had been asking me to make brownies but I had been wanting to make cheesecake why not combine them? The idea sounds great; who doesn't like cheesecake and brownies?
First thing first, recruit a strong man to handle the mixing:

He kept eating some but I don't mind after all the hard work he has done.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Roasted Corn


 Roasted Corn 
Sweet corns are in season right during summer. Our favorite is the white corns from the farmer market. They are sweet and crunchy. We often grill them but when it's raining or we don't have access to grill, I usually just roast them in the oven.

I wasn't planning to upload this simple recipe but Max was asking me if I share the recipe to the blog yet while eating the corn. I told him, "No because it's easy everyone can do I."
He then replied, "But mama, I don't know how to cook it yet. Can you please write it down so I can make it when I am big?"


How can I say no to that?
 Roasted Corn
So here it's Max just for you:

Roasted Corns 
Ingredients: corns & salted butter (or unsalted butter + dash of salt)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 Fahrenheit or 232 Celsius
2. Remove the husks and hair
3. Spread plenty of salted butter all over the corn
4. Wrap inside aluminum foil
5. Place on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes
6. Take the baking tray out of the oven, change the oven setting to broil
7. Open the wrap then broil for another 2-3 minutes



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Indonesian Siu Mai or Siomay Bandung

 Siomay Bandung
I have been tweaking and making this recipe so many time throughout the years. It never fails to make my boys smile every time they see these.
The ground meat pork mixture
Put it inside a round wonton wrap

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Shrimp Scampi with bacon and mushroom

 Shrimp Scampi Recipe
I just finished with my tax filing today. Earlier last year, I decided to switch to free mint.com instead of using Quicken but mint has limited capabilities that frustrated me so I had to bit the bullet; bought the Quicken, and entering all the financial data from last year. After days of working late for days, I am glad that's our tax finally done. Fiuh....

If you are last minute person like me and haven't file your tax yet. Check out a blog post I wrote titled: Tax Filing Made Easy and there's a link for discounted Turbo tax as well.

Anyway, the boys went biking at the park with daddy today while I was working on tax. I had about 15 minutes to cook lunch so I decided to make this quick, easy, and fresh meal: Shrimp Scampi with Bacon & Mushroom since I happened to have all the ingredients.

First thing first:
Fry the bacon. I use griddle for easy cleaning then save the fat/ oil for later use.

Set the bacon aside and cut them to small pieces.


Follow with cooking the pasta and the sauce and about 15 minutes later: Voila!
 Shrimp Scampi


Shrimp Scampi with bacon and mushroom 
Printable Recipe
Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons butter
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1 large lemon (2 medium size lemons), halved
1/2 cup white wine/ or chicken broth.
Dash of paprika
8 ounces brown mushroom, sliced
Pasta, I use shells you can use any pasta you like: angel hairs, spaghetti,...
5 slices of bacon, fried and cut into small pieces, save the fat/ oil to cook the sauce.
10 pieces of shrimps, peel and devein
Parmesan
Parsley and/or basil, minced 
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat water inside pan to boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain.
Cook the bacon on a griddle/ pan. Take out the bacon, reserve the bacon fat/oil for cooking the sauce
Heat a large pan over medium heat; when the pan is hot, add the bacon fat, butter, garlic, onion, and mushroom. Cook until the onions are translucent.
Add the shrimp, continue stirring, and squeeze in the lemon juice.
Add wine or chicken broth, salt and pepper, paprika.
Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the pasta. Add salt and pepper as prefer.
Garnish with minced parsley and basil on top.



Enjoy.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Making Bread with Bread Machine using Tanzhong Method


I have been hearing about the tanzhong/ water roux method for years but most of the recipes I found were either in other language that I don't understand or the ingredients measurement was either too much or too little for my bread machine {I have the Zojirushi one from craigslist}, which didn't yield a great result when I tried it on the past.

However, I started seeing home breads made with this method on Instagram a few days ago. So I gathered my courage and giving this a try again. After reviewing many recipes, I went with the dessert first girl's recipe. I made a slight chance and use bread maker instead of kitchen aid. Before I went to bed; I made the water roux and placing all the ingredients in the bread maker. The next morning, I was greeted with this lovely loaf of bread inside the bread maker. Voilaaaa


Saturday, March 12, 2016

What I buy at Costco

Who doesn't love Costco? We have to pay yearly membership to shop there but it's definitely worth it for us considering how much we save by buying there. Besides food, we also buy: gas, batteries, tires, laundry detergents, pajamas, undies, insurance, organic soil and other things we need because Costco usually offers good quality products at the lowest price.

My Grocery Shopping List at Costco:

Produce: I usually buy my organic produce at Farmer Market or Trader Joe's because Costco's portion is too big for our family. The food often spoiled before we got chance to finish them. Plus, Farmer Market usually got better quality.  However, when they have organic berries and mandarin orange; I usually buy them because we like to have the oranges as snack and we can use berries for many different things.

Meats: organic chicken, beef: short ribs, and bacon


Seafood: salmon, shrimp, and cod (sometimes)
 
Butter and eggs

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Stir-Fried Water Spinach/ On Choy



This is a well-known veggie dish in Indonesia. Not so much here in the States. It's been a longgggg time since the last time I cooked this dish so when I saw it at the Farmer Market I quickly bought it. It taste soooo good unlike the regular On Choy that I bought at Supermarket. So the following week I went back to the seller to confirm if it's really On Choy.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Stir Fried Snow Peas with Mushroom


Snow Peas are my boys favorite vegetables. I usually buy it from Trader Joe's or if it is in season, then you can find it at local farmer market. My friend's mom taught me how to trim and cook this veggies. Otherwise I wouldn't know what to do with it. Thank you, Bobo!

The series of pictures below showed two different peas: snap peas and snow peas. Snap peas is chunkier while snow peas is thinner. You can use either one of them.

Ingredients:


Rinse the peas then trim the end from each snow or snap pea and pull the string down the pod. Repeat at the other end, pulling the string from the other side. If snow peas are young, they don't have strings, so just trim the ends. This will take a while so look for a head activity to do while doing this. Just make sure you don't cut your finger :)